On May 22, 2010 the 4th Annual Dance Parade New York took to the streets of New York, dancing down Broadway and brightening up almost every corner of Tompkins Square Park. I’ve been involved with the parade since it’s inception in 2006, but rather than dance in the parade this year (photos below), I lead the publicity team.

This meant that I actually got to watch the parade this year and can now finally attest to its uniqueness and beauty. After checking in press I headed down to the grandstand and sat with a few reporters to point out highlights of the parade. We garnered a lot of great press this year. We were listed as “top picks” for weekend events in NY 1, New York Post, Village Voice and Time Out NY. We had a few highlight stories featuring a few of our amazing Grand Marshals: Ellenore Scott, finalist from season six of “So You Think You Can Dance;” Amy Marshal, founder of Amy Marshal Dance Company; media critic Elizabeth Zimmer; and international DJ phenomenon DJ Jellybean Benitez who produced and mixed hits for Madonna, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, among others.

PHOTO CREDIT: Joon Shin

This year Martha Graham had performances on the stage during the post-parade Dance Fest in Tompkins Square Park and Graham students danced in the parade.

the spirit of martha graham @ dance parade 2010 from Chauncey Dandridge on Vimeo.

DanceNew Amsterdam’s choreographers Teri and Oliver Steele created a new work especially for the parade to Madonna’s “Revolver.” It was quite a beautiful spectacle to see 50 of their dancers fill the street dancing this wonderful work.

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